A group of climate activists has proudly declared that a 15th person has been taken into custody during its "October Rebellion".
According to Extinction Rebellion Vancouver, a supporter named Tara (no surname was provided) was arrested for gluing herself to the Cambie Bridge on Friday (October 22).
“Western imperialism perpetuates harm by supporting fossil fuel subsidies and ignoring climate research," Tara said in an Extinction Rebellion Vancouver news release.
"Those of us born into this system are taught that there is no other choice but to accommodate this harm," she continued. "There is an alternative. I want my niece and nephews to have every opportunity to thrive. To create change, we must interrupt the harm. This is our work.”
The Friday protest marked the first of two days that activists planned to block the Cambie Bridge. On Saturday (October 23), they will meet at Cooper's Park at noon to block the bridge for a second consecutive day.
"Our governments have never treated the climate emergency like an emergency," organizer May Morel said in the news release. "We know this is true by looking at the actions taken in 1939 when Canada entered the Second World War and also by comparing the climate crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Where are the daily briefings on climate breakdown? Where are the mandated changes? Wartime spending? Industries rapidly manufacturing what is needed?" she asked. "The situation is dire and it's time for Canada to take a wartime scale response—without the war."
In this regard, Morel was echoing the message of Vancouver author Seth Klein's book, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.
Activists aim to shut down the airport
The group's October Rebellion began on October 16 and will continue until October 29 with a series of similar actions.
On Monday (October 25), it's planning to shut down Vancouver International Airport to try to stimulate a national discussion about the climate crisis.
They have a single demand: that governments halt all subsidies to the fossil-fuel sector.
According to Environmental Defence, the federal government provided $18 billion in fossil-fuel subsidies in 2020.
Stand.earth reported that the B.C. NDP government will provide a record-breaking $1.3 billion in subsidies to this sector this year. That's more than twice the amount of subsidies granted to the fossil-fuel industry in the last year of Christy Clark's B.C. Liberal government.
The Extinction Rebellion Vancouver activists hope to embarrass Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by highlighting this issue in advance of the COP26 international climate summit, which begins in Glasgow on October 31.